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PAN­VEL: Pan­vel MLA Prashant Thakur has ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity that the state gov­ern­ment will an­nounce the for­ma­tion of Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( PMC) on Jan­uary 26. Thakur has said that while the gov­ern­ment is look­ing pos­i­tively at the is­sue, the process will take longer be­cause var­i­ous for­mal­i­ties have to be com­pleted.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Pan­vel on Satur­day, Thakur said, “Un­der the lead­er­ship of for­mer MP Ram­seth Thakur, we met chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis with the de­mand for for ma­tion of PMC with the in­clu­sion of ar­eas around Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, that is, Kharghar, Kalamboli, Kamothe, Ulwe, Karanja and oth­ers. He had given us a pos­i­tive re­sponse.”

Thakur said, “He has now formed a com­mit­tee to look into the pro­posal and sub­mit a re­port to him in a month. Mean­while, our coun­cil too has ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion, a couple of days ago, ap­prov­ing the pro­posal.”

Thakur said, “Though there has been spec­u­la­tion that the an­nounce­ment about PMC will take place on Jan­uary 26, it is not prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble. Once the com­mit­tee sub­mits its re­port, the gov­ern­ment will study it and there could be more dis­cus­sion. Later, the gov­ern­ment will also call for sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions from the pub­lic. This will take time.”

Thakur said, “Though we can­not put a date on the an­nounce­ment, what is sure is that it will hap­pen.”

Stat­ing that the smart city project of City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) will not clash with the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion’s pow­ers, Thakur said, “The gov­ern­ment has planned the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion un­der Cidco MD San­jay Bha­tia, who is the men­tor of the smart city project. If the cor­po­ra­tion comes into be­ing, the gov­ern­ment will clar­ify the pow­ers of the bod­ies.”

He said, “It is ob­vi­ous that Cidco has not been able to take care of the ba­sic civic ameni­ties of the re­gion and that is why peo­ple have or­gan­ised many mor­chas. All this will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.”

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